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Blaye River Cruises

About Blaye

If you’re taking a river cruise which explores France’s beautiful Bordeaux region, then there’s every chance you’ll visit Blaye on your travels. Blaye sits on the Gironde River on the right bank of the Gironde estuary, and is around 35 miles north of Bordeaux. If you’re travelling inland, it is the last river port you’ll visit before the Gironde converges with the Dordogne and Garonne rivers. The town started off life as a port occupied by the ancient Gaul tribe the Santones and was formerly known as Blaye-et-Sainte-Luce until its name was shortened to ‘Blaye’ in 1961. The Frankish hero Roland is said to have been buried in the town’s basilica, where the famous citadel now stands. Indeed, the citadel is key to the town’s history, as it played an important role in the wars against the English and Spanish.

Exploring Blaye

The main attraction in Blaye is undoubtedly the ruins of its aforementioned 17th century citadel, which is set in the rock beside the river and was built by France’s leading military engineer at the time, Vauban. Along with the town’s walls and its two Forts – Pate and Medoc – the citadel is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it also holds within its ruins a gothic chateau, which houses the tomb of Charibert II, king of Aquitaine. Not surprisingly, the vast majority of river cruise excursions typically offer a guided tour of the castle, on which you’ll get to learn all about its fascinating history.

If you find yourself with a little more time to spend in Blaye, then another popular attraction within walking distance of the citadel is the Chateau Marquis de Vauban winery. Here, visitors can sample vintages from the Medoc region and tailor their visit to suit and the winery offers guided tours, wine-tastings, a wine-grower’s lunch and for something a little different, horse carriage tours of its picturesque grounds. If you want to make viticulture the focus of your visit to Blaye but feel like something a little more personalised, then Villa St Simon offers a number of private tours.

Blaye tips

Unsurprisingly, Blaye is a great place to sample a vintage red or two but it also boasts quite a large number of quality restaurants for its size offering all manner of authentic French cuisine on their menus.

Blaye Itineraries

Bordeaux

Aquitaine New Year On The Gironde

1 sailing date December 2020
4 Nights From Bordeaux, France to Bordeaux
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Christmas On The Gironde And The Garonne

1 sailing date December 2020
4 Nights From Bordeaux, France to Bordeaux
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Pauillac

Festive Weekend On The Gironde

1 sailing date November 2020
1 Nights From Bordeaux, France to Bordeaux
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Blaye

Festive Weekend Cruise On The Gironde

1 sailing date November 2020
1 Nights From Bordeaux, France to Bordeaux
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Saint Emilion

The Médoc Region

25 sailing dates July 2020 to October 2021
4 Nights From Bordeaux, France to Bordeaux
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Libourne

Flavours of Bordeaux

4 sailing dates April 2021 to August 2021
10 Nights From Bordeaux, France to Bordeaux

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Paris

A Portrait of Majestic France - Bordeaux to Paris

28 sailing dates March 2021 to October 2021
14 Nights From Bordeaux, France to Paris
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Libourne

The Great Wines of Southern France

23 sailing dates July 2020 to October 2021
5 Nights From Bordeaux, France to Bordeaux
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Avignon

Ultimate France - Avignon to Bordeaux

7 sailing dates July 2020 to October 2020
21 Nights From Avignon, France to Bordeaux
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Bordeaux

Bordeaux to Madrid

1 sailing date September 2020
11 Nights From Bordeaux, France to Spain , Madrid
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Bordeaux

Beautiful Bordeaux with Madrid -Bordeaux to Madrid

4 sailing dates September 2020 to October 2020
13 Nights From Bordeaux, France to Spain , Madrid

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Blaye

Taste of Bordeaux

49 sailing dates August 2020 to November 2021
7 Nights From Bordeaux, France to Bordeaux

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Rouen

A Portrait of Majestic France - Paris to Bordeaux

1 sailing date July 2020
14 Nights From Paris, France to Bordeaux

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Blaye

Bordeaux Affair - Bordeaux to Bordeaux

6 sailing dates September 2020 to September 2021
7 Nights From Bordeaux, France to Bordeaux

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Pauillac

Grand Bordeaux - Roundtrip Bordeaux

1 sailing date September 2020
7 Nights From Bordeaux, France to Bordeaux
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Blaye

Beautiful Bordeaux - Bordeaux to Bordeaux

13 sailing dates September 2020 to October 2021
10 Nights From Bordeaux, France to Bordeaux

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